As one might expect from one of the top UK rock writers around, this is a fine collection of Murray's articles in various publications during the 1970s and 80s including Oz, NME and Q magazine. The best chapters are undoubtedly his very perceptive reviews of various live performances although there are also a few interesting pieces about broader subjects like the legacy of punk rock, glam rock and good interviews with the likes of novelists JG Ballard and Kurt Vonnegut, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Patti Smith.
Here is Murray describing a Black Sabbath gig in the early 70s - "You need to feel as if Geezer's sproinging away on the coils of your cerebellum while they are connected up to a light socket, if you wanna get technical about it. Simultaneously Tony Iommi's got to be heaving giant slabs of semi-sentient guitar grunge around behind your eye lids and Bill...well, Bill's probably out back smashing his way through a brick wall by the simple expedient of hitting it with his head, while Ozzy caterwauls about something or other locked in a basement". And I loved his description of The Sex Pistols on stage - "..and the band kicks into Anarchy in the UK, Jones' guitar a saw toothed snarl teetering on the edge of a feedback holocaust, Sid's bass synched firmly into Cook's walloping drums and Rotten an avenging scarecrow, an accusing outcast cawing doom and contempt like Poe's raven".